Alumni Making History
Senior class gifts are an old tradition at Washington College, and it’s hard to walk across campus without seeing one. But the new custom of embedding a stone in the Cater Walk commemorating the senior class’ giving percentage is leaving a very different sort of mark, as class giving has reached truly historic levels.
Inspired by the Class of 2012’s 100% participation last year, this year alumni and seniors joined together for the 317 Challenge. The over-achieving 321 alumni who gave during the course of the challenge more than doubles the number who gave in the same span last year.
For the seniors- now graduates- the 297 members who gave represent 94% of the class. There are only a handful of schools in the country whose seniors have ever achieved that level of participation. WC did it two classes in a row.
Ryan Bankert ‘13 helped lead the senior class efforts on campus. “I kept reflecting on the great four years I had spent at Washington College. Knowing that The Washington Fund directly supports the students themselves brought me to this realization: I should give back so that other students can have a similarly amazing experience.”
And with the College’s fiscal year ending June 30th, there’s still time for that number to rise. Alumni may even strive to reach the stellar participation heights of the classes of 2012 and 2013 and take home a trophy to commemorate their feat.